Nestor Falls winter carnival lives up to advance billing

Not only was the 25th-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival bigger and better, it went off without a hitch this past weekend with lots of activities, tons of prizes, and favourable weather.
“It was an exhausting weekend,” admitted Howard Dodd, who worked on promotions for the carnival. “But I’m very pleased with how it went. You never know what’s going to happen, but it was a big success.”
Beginning Friday evening, the weekend got off to a great start with the “Some Like it Hot” chili cook-off and “A Toonie for a Tune” karaoke contest.
Saturday continued with the popular ice-fishing tournament, a scavenger hunt, children’s games, a poker derby, and dance.
There also was a cribbage tournament, blind curling, and sleigh rides.
But the fun didn’t stop there. Events Sunday included the “All You Can Eat” pancake and sausage breakfast, the fifth-annual hockey skills competition, and a “Survivor Nestor Falls” contest.
“We had a great turnout,” said Dodd. “We especially had a packed house when we were giving out the prizes. And the weather was good, too.”
He also added people came from all over to attend the weekend event, noting there were participants from Rainy River, Fort Frances, Minnesota, and even Wisconsin.
Many spot prizes also were given away over the weekend, as well as many goodies for the activity winners.
“We really need to thank all those businesses that donated prizes,” said Dodd. “From Sioux Narrows to Fort Frances. We couldn’t have done it without them . . . and without the committee members who worked so hard to make it a success.”
“Some Like it Hot”
1. Diana Halverson
2. Maureen Hanson
“A Toonie for a Tune”
•Veronica Hammond (best adult performance)
•Selene LeBlanc and Dave Rudolph (best adult performance group)
•Jenny Hammond and Kaitlynn Cottam (best child performance)
Cribbage tournament
1. Bulah Olson and Ruth McGregor—$100 cash donated by Jenny’s Greenhouse
2. Judy Ottoson and Shirley Brown—$100 gift certificate for Dalseg’s Food Town
3. Bev and Joe Shebagegit (3rd)—$50
Blind curling
1. Beer Wasa Pro team
2. Southwestern Ontario team
3. Four Blind Mice team
Poker derby
1. Kaitlyn Lougheed
Scavenger hunt
1. Sue McFayden, Jen Lougheed, April Rose, and Jo Haney—$100
2. Wanda Kabel, Carol Boissneau, and Judy Race—$50
3. Diana Halverson, Donna Kulach, Sharon Kropelin, and Isabelle Anderson—$25
Fishing derby
•Northern—1. Dave Wagar 2. Eli Blosser and 3. Allan Stewart
•Walleye—1. Janet Showalter 2. Jess Swenson and 3. Eddie Showalter
•Lake Trout—1. James Kelly 2. Todd Halvorsen and 3. Eli Blosser
•Crappie—1. Pam Shrumm 2./3. Roy Snider
Hockey skills
•Ages 7-9—1. Finn Chalupsky 2. Zander Chalupsky and 3. Parker Johnson
•Ages 10-12—1. Brandon Whalen 2. Nick Quadros 3. Kaitlynn Cottam
•Ages 13-15—1. Darrin Cottam and 2. Ryan Goertzen
•Ages 16-18—1. Tyler Cottam
Survivor’ contest
•Sky Everton (winner)—Lowrance GPS Unit
•Shianna Turtle and Kayla Fiddler (best team flag)
grand prize
1. Phil Hudson—20” flat-screen Sony TV donated in part by Sight and Sound in Fort Frances
2. Gloria George—a sightseeing trip for three donated by Northwest Flying
50/50 draw
•Kitty Binkle